Fred Stemmley, 97, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., formerly of Orion, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at his home in Arizona. A graveside service was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 at the Lutheran Cemetery, in Orion, where military honors were accorded. The Rev. Melva England officiated. A visitation was from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 prior to the graveside service at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Fred Stemmley Memorial Fund.

Fred Stemmley, 97, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., formerly of Orion, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at his home in Arizona. A graveside service was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 at the Lutheran Cemetery, in Orion, where military honors were accorded. The Rev. Melva England officiated. A visitation was from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 prior to the graveside service at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Fred Stemmley Memorial Fund.

Fred was born Jan. 14, 1921, in Desoto, Mo., the son of Lawrence and Jennie (Tebo) Stemmley. He married Gladys Jean Soderberg on Nov. 24, 1942. Jean preceded him in death on May 14, 2017. Fred was a master machinist with a 33-year civil service career with the Department of the Army at the Anniston Army Depot, in Alabama. His work there took him to many foreign countries, including Newfoundland, during World War II. Fred served a brief stint in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Korean War, and following the war he then spent many years in the National Guard, obtaining the rank of Master Sergeant.

While working at the Anniston Army Depot, Fred earned his bachelor of science degree from Jacksonville State College, in Jacksonville, Ala. in 1961. During his career, he created many innovations and earned many awards, including the prestigious Presidential Award and the Presidential Improvement Award for devising a new procedure that reduced government spending by $2,500,000 over a two-year period. After retiring from the Depot, he worked for Hyundai Shipbuilding in Seoul, Korea, and then Taylor Engineering, in Palm Springs, Calif., where he worked on developing and installing Arcade Shooting Galleries all over the world. He enjoyed making lamps, golfing, reading, woodworking, fixing up his rental houses, and was a Life Member of the Elks Club.

His memory will be cherished by his two daughters, Mary Tolbert, of Reno, Nev., and Linda Harrison (Rick), of Montevallo, Ala.; four grandsons, Bryan, Jim, David and Nathan; and eight great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Jennie Stemmley; two brothers, Larry and Frank; and his wife of 74 years, Jean.